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Climate Change Special Interest Group

Climate Change and Insects
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 09:00

Venue: University of Birmingham

Convenor: Scott Hayward, University of Birmingham,

The theme for this year’s meeting is:

“Understanding the past and predicting the future”

This could encompass historical data on biodiversity, spatial distributions or phenology, using evidence from e.g. sediment cores or BWARS data etc. Understanding physiological responses and evolutionary adaptations (genetic evidence) to temperature, elevated CO2 or changing moisture availability etc., and how these then feed into developing predictive models. There will also be scope for talks about other future challenges linked to climate change, e.g. regarding invasive species, disease vectors, food security, conservation etc., and how research can help develop policy.

We  have two invited keynote speakers spanning this broad remit:

                          Prof Pete Convey (British Antarctic Survey)

                          Dr Deepa Senepathi (University of Reading)

If you wish to submit an abstract for either a talk or poster please contact Scott Hayward. deadline 30 November.

Depending on interest, we are also considering arranging a visit to the new Birmingham Institute of Forest Research FACE facility ( on Saturday December 15th. This state of the art facility is investigating the effect of eCO2 on mature temperate woodland systems. This visit might be particularly appealing to anyone planning on staying in Birmingham for the British Ecological Society meeting which commences on December 16th. Please indicate interest on the registration form.

Once registered please pay via the online shop here; your place is not secured until payment is received.  RES members should be logged into the website to receive your discount.

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